The Ultimate List Of Healthy Toddler Snacks For Picky Eaters

Getting picky eaters to eat various healthy foods is quite a struggle. But what if I tell you there is a way to sneak in healthy, fiber and protein-rich snacks in a way that is acceptable to your little picky eater? This post contains an exhaustive picky eater snack list that will give you many options to choose from. These healthy toddler snacks for picky eaters are quick to prepare and well-loved by most kids.

Before starting, let us understand how to build healthy snacks for toddlers.

I like adding a little bit of protein, fiber, and healthy fats when building a snack plate to ensure my children get maximum nutrition and longer satiety. They may not finish everything that is plated, but I know they will stay full for longer if the snack includes a combination of protein-fat and fiber. For more ideas on what meals to feed toddlers read this earlier post.

Now that we know how to build a snack plate, let’s look at some snack ideas for picky eaters.

The ultimate list of healthy toddler snacks for picky eaters

Cheese cubes or string cheese

Fruit

A no-cook snack plate for toddlers can include, a fruit of choice, cheese cubes, and a little nut butter to dip the fruit.

Fruit yogurt 

Homemade flavored yogurt is a quick snack to make and contains no added sugar. Simply puree your child’s favorite fruit and mix in the puree with plain yogurt.

Vegetable pancakes

Learning how to make baby pancakes using whole-grain flour can be a game changer when it comes to feeding little ones Whole Foods. Add grated carrot or spinach puree to your whole-grain pancake mix and serve with honey or maple syrup and fruit.

Rice cakes 

Rice cakes are perfect for picky eaters. Add half a mashed avocado or homemade hazelnut spread to boost calories and satiety.

Homemade muffins

Another beloved snack of many picky eaters, especially those who seem to gravitate towards beige foods. Make a batch of muffins during meal prep weekends and serve these alongside a glass of milk or with some butter to balance out the meal.

Quesadillas 

A beige food that is a picky eater’s favorite, but that’s not that bad when it comes to its nutrition profile. We all have days when the toddler has skipped a meal, plate up cheese quesadillas with a side of steamed broccoli and tahini if you want to make snack more of a meal.

Egg muffins 

You can add chopped spinach, peas, carrots, or minced meat to egg muffins to get in a fiber and protein-rich snack for toddlers.

Cheese and whole grain crackers

A simple no-prep snack that most picky eaters seem to enjoy and contains a good amount of protein, fat, and fiber.

Apple slices and peanut butter dip

Another low-prep option is apple slices with nut butter of choice. Both peanut butter and almond butter also contain iron which is essential for growing bodies.

Peanut butter sandwiches 

Good old, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are an instant hit with toddlers. You can’t go wrong with this snack option.

Hummus sandwiches 

Another way to serve sandwiches is to make hummus sandwiches. Now granted not all picky eaters like hummus, but for those who like it, a hummus sandwich is a good way to offer a protein-rich snack to picky toddlers. Finely chop veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes mix them with hummus, and spread them out in a hummus vegetable sandwich. 

Crunchy veggie chips

Many picky toddlers like crunchy snacks, you can make crispy vegetable chips in an air fryer. Here is an easy cheesy kale chips recipe I found.

Roasted chickpeas 

Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein and roasting them gives them an enjoyable crunchy texture. Roasted chickpeas are great as a snack at home or to pack when you are on the go with your toddler.

Roasted peas 

Similar to chickpeas you can also roast peas with some olive oil and mild seasoning of choice.

Baked fries

Root vegetables like sweet potato, parsnip, and pumpkin can be made into fries. In my experience, I’ve realized as long as the vegetable is cooked into a fry-like shape my toddler doesn’t seem to mind the taste.

Energy bars

For something sweet that also contains a fair bit of protein and healthy fats you can try homemade energy bars. They are so easy to make and no-bake, low effort.

Energy balls 

Another healthy sweet snack for picky eaters is energy balls. Super quick to make and batch prep for the week and easy to pack as a snack on the go or add to your toddler’s preschool snack box.

Pizza slice

Pizza can be a fairly balanced snack when made with good-quality ingredients. You can swap out the refined flour base for a gluten-free millet-based pizza, or add a veggie to the tomato sauce, there are many creative ways to make your picky eater’s favorite into a more wholesome snack.

Here is a quick and easy homemade 2 ingredient pizza base recipe.

Homemade trail mix

A trail mix is so easy to customize to your picky toddler’s tastes. Add a few of their favorites mix-ins along with filling add-ins like nuts, and seeds. 

Yogurt bowl

Make your frozen yogurt bowl at home with some crunchy and healthy toppings like whole grain crackers, fresh fruits, chocolate chips, and nut butter. Give your toddler a chance to build their yogurt bowl. Studies show that when children are involved in the kitchen and preparing their food they automatically get interested in trying the food they made.

Smoothies

If your picky eater likes smoothies, you can try out different variations such as a green smoothie with spinach, mango, and almond milk or a tasty berry smoothie with yogurt and milk. For some more smoothie recipes for kids check this post.

I hope this post gave you some options that are acceptable to your picky eater and make your life as a toddler mom a little bit easier.

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Do you have some picky eater snack ideas for us, do share them in the comments below, I am sure they will help all of us. For more picky eater feeding tips check this section of the blog.

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About Me

I'm Ophira, mama during the day and blogger by night. I love teaching parents how to raise healthy eaters who not only love the food on their plate but also respect their hunger cues. On this blog you will find all the evidence based information you need to help you feed your toddler, easy toddler friendly recipes and lots of tips and tricks to help your picky eater.

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